Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/30/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government'

"The lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRA and the Obama Administration - including the White House," Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice declares. "Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government." Twenty-five conservative and Tea Party groups have filed suit against the Internal Revenue Service, Attorney General Eric Holder and top IRS officials. The groups allege that the Obama administration unlawfully targeted them due to their political beliefs and obstructed their applications for tax-exempt status.

'The lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRA and the Obama Administration - including the White House,' Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice declares. 'Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government.'

"The lawsuit sends a very powerful message to the IRA and the Obama Administration - including the White House," Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice declares. "Americans are not going to be bullied and intimidated by our government."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/30/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Tea Party, conservative groups, lawsuit, Jay Sekulow, Lois Lerner, IRS


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The IRS and the federal government are not going to get away with this unlawful targeting of conservative groups," Sekulow said. Sekulow's group, the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative public interest law firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of the groups in Washington, D.C. this week.

The suit asks for a declaration that the defendants, including Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, "unlawfully delayed and obstructed" applications for tax-exempt status.

The lawsuit also asks for monetary damages, protection for the plaintiffs from further IRS targeting. It requests tax-exempt status for 10 of the conservative groups, with applications still outstanding.

Listing 25 plaintiffs, the center adds that more were likely to be added to the lawsuit. Thirteen of the plaintiffs have now received tax-exempt status, and two have withdrawn their applications. The plaintiffs applied for tax-exempt status between 2009 and 2011.

The White House has maintained that it was unaware of the targeting. President Barack Obama claims that he only learned of the issue when news of the IG's report broke.

The currently suspended director of the Exempt Organizations department at the IRS, Lois Lerner has apologized and said she had learned of the targeting in 2012 when Tea Party groups complained.

Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, who has since resigned, told Congress that the targeting was the result of "foolish mistakes" by lower-level IRS employees. Miller denied that politics or partisanship motivated the people involved. According to the IRS's public statements and testimony, most of the work in question was done by employees at the IRS Exempt Organizations Determinations Unit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

It has since been learned that requests for information about the groups came from other local offices and IRS headquarters in Washington. Sekulow previously had provided some of the letters to NBC News, and on Wednesday made them available to the public. At least one letter requesting information about the Ohio Liberty Council bears the stamped signature of Lerner.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

The Immigration Conflagration and the Dangers of a Benevolent Dictator

Image of

By Keith A. Fournier

There is no question that comprehensive immigration reform is needed. Most people acknowledge this as a fact. However, the truth is President Obama could have participated in such reform, and he knows it, by working with the 114th Congress which will soon be sworn ... continue reading


Running out the door, Republicans too busy with Thanksgiving to address laws Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With Thanksgiving turkeys dancing in their heads, many Republican lawmakers are running out the door in lieu of considering a plethora of new legislation. Republican members have discussed resolutions of disapproval and censure. One unnamed lawmaker was ... continue reading


The TOP 10 list of countries where slavery is most prevalent. DO YOU BENEFIT FROM SLAVERY? You might be shocked! Watch

Image of Poor Haitians are commonly enslaved by wealthier family members.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Last week it was announced that some 36 million people around the world live in slavery, a number that is higher than at any time in history. While most Americans feel that slavery is a distant problem, which has little or no effect on their lives, the sad fact is that ... continue reading


Raking in the dough: Obamacare 'architect' worth millions Watch

Image of Jonathan Gruber has a lucrative connection with the Department of Health and Human Services.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Jonathan Gruber's good fortune would make lots of college students change their majors to economics. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with his firm Gruber Microsimulation Model has raked in millions. Gruber's chief function is estimating the ... continue reading


Why have Republicans betrayed us to the most anti-life president in history? Mark Levin has an idea Watch

Image of Mark Levin is a Constitutional scholar and commentator.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two weeks ago, the American people spoke and sent a message to Obama that we did not approve of his style of leadership. Americans gave control of both the House and Senate to Republicans with a clear mandate to put a stop to the rule of the most anti-life, ... continue reading


Reaping what is sown: No immigration reform hurt Democrats in midterms, former president Clinton says Watch

Image of Speaking in an interview with POLITICO's Mike Allen, Clinton was celebrating the 10-year anniversary weekend of the opening of his presidential library in Little Rock.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A lack of action may have cost President Obama and the Democratic Party big time, former President Bill Clinton says. The Republican victory at midterms earlier this month may have been the result of a lack of action on immigration reform. Clinton says that ... continue reading


'Mook Mafia' said to be heading Hillary Clinton's run for president Watch

Image of Mook is a word used to describe an underling or person with limited intelligence who does as he was told by higher-ups.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As coined in the 1974 Martin Scorsese film, "Mean Streets," "mook" is the term used by Italian Americans used to denote a "loser." In later years, mook became known as a word used to describe an underling or person with limited intelligence who did as he was ... continue reading


United Nations takes United States to task for legalizing marijuana Watch

Image of The United Nations is taking some states in the United States for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use. The U.N. anti-narcotics chief says that these measures are not in concert with international drug conventions.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United Nations is taking some states in the United States for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use. The U.N. anti-narcotics chief says that these measures are not in concert with international drug conventions.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Federal health care officials scramble to bring health care Web site up to snuff Watch

Image of Throttling would detect overloads sooner and be more efficient than the one long online line federal officials devised last winter. This led to the dreaded

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the Obama administration is confident that HealthCare.gov is far more adept this time around in time for open enrollment, there are signs that officials are drawing up contingency plans for any eventuality. These plans will hopefully readily address the ... continue reading


California's Willie Brown advises Hillary Clinton not to bother with presidential run - you will Lose Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Serving two terms as the mayor of San Francisco, longtime Democrat and California politician has some sage words of advice for Hillary Clinton when it comes to a presidential run in 2016: Don't bother, as you won't win. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 11:4-12
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lamps in ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 144:1, 2, 9-10
1 [Of David] Blessed be Yahweh, my rock, who trains ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 20:27-40
27 Some Sadducees -- those who argue that there is no ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Cecilia
November 22: In the fourth century appeared a Greek religious romance on the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter